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From Ballinora’s Weekly Newsletter


23rd March, 2019

Ballinora Parish Ministries (1 of 3) – 3rd Sunday in Lent
Each Baptised member of the Church is given gifts by the Spirit to build up Parish and community. Gifts used in the service of God and of God’s people – and mostly given freely and voluntarily –  are referred to as ‘ministries’. Most of these ministries would be delighted to welcome more volunteers. In the Parish of Ballinora, our ministries and contact people are:

Ministers of the Word: Readers, usually in pairs, proclaim the Word of God at Masses and other ceremonies. At present, about fourteen people regularly take part in this ministry. Co-ordinator: Jeremy Meehan (0863601624).

Choir Music Ministry:
Adult Choir: About 35 members make up the Ballinora Choir. They sing at the 7pm vigil Mass from September to June, and at all the major Feasts. They rehearse for a half hour before the Mass; only for Christmas and Easter are extra rehearsals required. The high standard of the choir leads to occasional requests to sing elsewhere, and they have sung frequently in concert with Liam Lawton. Organist: Brian Keegan; Conductor: Ursula Mulvihill (4872777).

Junior Choir and Folk Group:from time to time a small youth group sings t the 10am Mass. Music is modern and lively. This choir also sings on Christmas and Easter mornings. Commitment is light. Occasional rehearsals. Leaders: Niamh McCarthy (0877631925) and Jennifer Murphy.

Ministers of the Eucharist: Scheduled in pairs, these ministers distribute the Body of Christ at weekend Masses. Some of them also bring Communion to the residents of Norwood Grange Nursing Home on Sundays, and a few serve in Marymount. A small group of Ministers of the Eucharist and Word also occasionally lead a Service of Word and Eucharist on a weekday morning when the priest is absent. Coordinator: Mary Flynn (4876730)

Altar Servers:
Some boys and girls of sixth class in Scoil Bhaile Nóra volunteer to take on this ministry for a year as part of their faith commitment for their Confirmation Year. They assist at the weekend Masses. Parental consent is obtained, and child protection guidelines strictly adhered to under the supervision of the Parish Child Protection Representatives.

Child Protection Observance and Contact Ministry:
Tríona Fitzgerald (4875950) andDarina Callanan (0872309279) have been trained to ensure best practice in all areas of church ministry involving young people; to ensure Garda vetting, signing and permission, training of servers etc. They are also available to help with the reporting of issues to the Diocesan authorities.

RENEWAL FOR ALL IN MINISTRY IN OUR PARISH:
A Date for your Diary: Tuesday April 2nd ; 8-9.15.

Prayer and encouragement for all who serve in all the ministries of our Parish: cleaners, flower arrangers, Parish Council, grounds keepers, Word and Eucharist etc etc….(Some listed above!)

STATION MASSES:
Volunteers are still requested please to host a Spring Station Mass in Ballinvoltig/Ballinvrinsig; Ballymah Upper and Lr.; Lower Castlewhite, Upper Castlewhitre, Corbally/Greybrook;  Windsor, Ballyhank, Inniskenny/Ballintannig, and School to Ballinora Cross. A station has been planned for Ballyshoneen.

The Station Mass for the area from Maglin to Dineen’s Lane will take place in the home of Catherine O’Mahony next Friday night, March 29th, at 8pm

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP TALKS:
Tuesday, 26th March at 8.00pm: Rosalie Moloney: “‘And God saw that it was good’: The Book of Genesis and Tomorrow’s World.”.
Tuesday, 2nd April at 8.00pm: Sr. Nellie McLoughlin RSM: “The Wonder of Creation: The Miracle of Life”.
Tuesday, 9th April at 8.00pm: Tom Kelly: “Night train – the extraordinary world of bird migration”
Venue:  The Crypt, Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross, Cork.
Each talk  45 minutes, followed by questions, answers and chat over a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee.

HOW IS LENT GOING?
Time to take stock? Never too late to begin again. A reminder that all weekday Masses for Lent are at 7.30pmin order to give more people the opportunity to attend. Mass for Lent is a way to take time out for yourself and for your needs.

TRÓCAIRE THIS LENT
Please keep up the contributions into the Trócaire boxes any time you make a sacrifice for Lent.

RECENT BEREAVEMENT:
Our sincere sympathies to all the family relatives and friends of Philomena Lyne whose Requiem Mass was celebrated in St James Church last Monday. We remember especially her son Donal and her daughter and son in law Kay and Brian Lougheed with whom she had lived for many years.


16th March, 2019

The Prayer of St. Patrick – Lúireach Phádraig –  2nd Sunday in Lent

Also Known as St Patrick’s Breastplate – a Shield against Evil

(A ninth century Irish Prayer attributed to St Patrick)

I arise today in power and might

I call upon the Trinity, with faith in threeness

And trust in the oneness of the world’s great Maker.

I arise today in the power and might

Of Christ’s birth and baptism,

His crucifixion and burial

His resurrection and His ascension

His coming anew to judge mankind.

I arise today in love of cherubim,

In duty of angels, in loyalty of archangels,

In hope of uprising to gain life’s reward.

I arise today with the power of heaven,

The sun in brightness, the moon in splendour,

The flashing of fire, the swift stroke of lightning,

The rushing of storm-wind,

The deepness of ocean, the firmness of earth,

The hardness of bedrock.

I arise today, God’s power for my pilot

God’s might for my upholding,

God’s wisdom for my guiding. God’s eye as my outlook,

God’s ear for my hearing, God’s word on my tongue.

God’s right hand to guard me, God’s path for my treading,

God’s shield for my protecting,

God’s host for my defending against all that would wish me ill.

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me

Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ below me, Christ behind me, Christ before me

Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ in hearts f al that love me;  Christ to comfort and restore me.

 

RENEWAL FOR ALL IN MINISTRY IN OUR PARISH:

A Date for your Diary: Tuesday April 2nd; 8-9.15.Prayer and encouragement for all who serve in all the ministries of our Parish: cleaners, flower arrangers, Parish Council, grounds keepers, Word and Eucharist etc etc….

TRÓCAIRE BOXES
Please take a Trócaire box for your home this weekend and make a regular donation during the six weeks of Lent. A full account of the work of Trocaire can be seen on their website: www.Trócaire.org. It is well worth seeing the projects and the way all money collected is spent.

WEEKDAY MASSES:
A Reminder that all weekday Masses for Lent are at 7.30pm in order to give more people the opportunity to attend. Mass for Lent is a way to take time out for yourself and for your needs.

STATION MASSES;
Sincere thanks to Niall and Helen Tyrell (and Grace), who hosted the first Station Mass at their home last week. Two grannies and an auntie added to the occasion. Some fine singers!Volunteers are still requested please to host a Spring Station Mass in Ballinvoltig/Ballinvrinsig; Ballymah Upper and Lr.; Lower Castlewhite, Upper Castlewhitre, Corbally/Greybrook;  Windsor, Ballyhank, Inniskenny/Ballintannig, and School to Ballinora Cross . A station has been planned for Ballyshoneen, and Maglin to Dineen’s Lane.

PERSON OF THE YEAR:  
Congratulations and best wishes to Margaret Drinan who has been nominated as Ballinora Person of the Year. Margaret has worked for years as a member of the ICA and produced millions of cups of tea. She continues to care for many people behind the scenes, and constantly fundraises for so many charities.

TRÓCAIRE THIS LENT
You will  eat and have all you want and you will  bless Yahwehyour God in the fine country which he has given you.” Deuteronomy 8:10.
This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign highlights the different ways land is stolen from vulnerable people in the developing world. It could be by corporate land grabs, by war or simply because they are a woman. To find out more visit www.trocaire.org. Please take a Trócaire box this weekend and make a regular donation during the remaining weeks of Lent.

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP TALKS:
Tuesday, 19th March at 8.00pm: Fr. Diarmuid Ó Murchú: “Keeping Hope Alive in our Troubled Times”.
Tuesday, 26th March at 8.00pm: Rosalie Moloney: “‘And God saw that it was good’: The Book of Genesis and Tomorrow’s World.”.
Tuesday, 2nd April at 8.00pm: Sr. Nellie McLoughlin RSM: “The Wonder of Creation: The Miracle of Life”.
Tuesday, 9th April at pm: Tom Kelly: “Night train – the extraordinary  world of bird migration”
Venue:  The Crypt, Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross, Cork. Each talk  45 minutes, followed by questions, answers and chat over a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:
We welcome the return of our Children’s Liturgy at the 10am Mass each Sunday. It is a lovely ministry to our young people. Please bring your younger children to the Sunday 10am Mass, where they are appreciated and included.